STRANDED Michael van Gerwen did a dramatic journey U-Flip amid fears he might have missed the PDC World Darts Championship.
The world No.1 will stay within the UK over Christmas away from his spouse and two kids in Holland after continental borders were slammed shut.
Michael van Gerwen was compelled into an early exit after arriving house on SundayCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Spouse Daphne and the couple’s two children noticed Michael for simply two hoursCredit score: https://www.instagram.com/mvg180/
SunSport understands the Dutchman had left the nation in his automobile on Sunday morning by way of the Eurotunnel.
After spending solely TWO HOURS at house in Boxtel, south Holland, he bid his household farewell for the complete vacation interval.
He rapidly drove again to the gamers’ central London resort to make sure he might play at Ally Pally for the £500,000 first prize.
Flights, trains and borders are being closed following proof of a brand new variant pressure of Covid-19 and London descending into strict Tier 4 status.
Three-time world champ Van Gerwen, who has elite sports activities journey exemption, didn’t break any guidelines and can now be examined once more earlier than his subsequent match.
The PDC are advising gamers to remain inside the event ‘bubble’ and never go away the nation now for concern of forfeiting their place within the draw.
A number of Dutch, German and Belgian gamers nonetheless concerned within the event will now keep within the capital, unable to see their family members this weekend.
Dutchman Vincent van der Voort beat fellow countryman Ron Meulenkamp 3-2 after which complained concerning the chaos.
It appears like I’m caught right here, on this, err, stunning island.
Vincent van der Voort
The world No.27 stated: “I imply I’ve to recover from the actual fact now I’m not going house.
“At first it received’t be constructive however after that I’ve to make the perfect out of it.
“These are the world champs, so no excuses. You possibly can go house however should you get Covid then you’re the just one guilty. I’ve to remain now.
“Identical s***, similar c***, it’s what it’s. I’m not an enormous fan of England however one other eight days I’ll survive.
“I awakened and the primary textual content I noticed was from my agent Jason Thame saying that my flight has been cancelled tonight. I used to be flying out after my match. I used to be planning to come back again on the twenty sixth.
“I simply heard the practice is just not going. So, it appears like I’m caught right here, on this, err, stunning island.
“I don’t get sentimental, I don’t care about Xmas, however eight days on this resort, simply being right here is just not ideally suited.
“I’ll merely be practising my arse off to be higher within the subsequent spherical.”
Three-time world darts champion John Half, who lives in Canada, instructed gamers to observe their dream and overlook the Turkey on Friday.
The Maple Dart, 54, stated: “You don’t wish to take any probabilities along with your potential shot on the world championship.
“It may well set you up, the prize cash you’ll win, all of the rating cash. You don’t wish to mess it up.
“So you need to take each precaution. It’s very unlucky for your loved ones and associates. Nevertheless it’s finest to remain over.
“Sure, it’s an enormous sacrifice nevertheless it’s another on the listing. It’s important to knuckle down and follow. No less than they’ll have firm within the bubble and may use FaceTime.”